Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might.
            Verse 10. Finally]  Having laid before you your great
   and high calling, and all the doctrine and precepts of
   the Gospel, it is necessary that I should show you the
   enemies that will oppose you, and the strength which
   is requisite to enable you to repel them.
      Be strong in the Lord]  You must have strength, and
   strength of a
spiritual kind, and such strength through
   an
indwelling God, the power of his might working in
   you. (Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary, A Classic
   Help of Better Understanding of the Bible, Matthew -
   Revelations:  Volume VI, Romans to Revelation
   (Nashville: Abington /World Publishing, 1977, 467-468)

      Here is a general exhortation to constancy in our
   Christian course, and to courage in our Christian
   warfare. Is not our life a warfare? It is so; for we
   struggle with the opposition of the powers of
   darkness, and with enemies who would keep us from
   God and heaven. We have enemies to fight against, a
   captain to fight for, a banner to fight under, and
   certain rules of war by which we are to govern our-
   selves. "
Finally, my brethren (v. 10), it yet remains that
   you apply yourselves to your work and duty as Christ-
   ian soldiers." Now it is requisite that a soldier be both
   stout-hearted and well armed. If Christians be soldiers
   of Jesus Christ.
       I. They must see that they be stout-hearted. This is
   prescribed here:
Be strong in the Lord, &c. Those who
   have so many battles to fight, and who, in their way to
   heaven, must dispute every pass, with dint of sword,
   have need of a great deal of courage.
Be strong there-
   fore,
strong for service, strong for suffering, strong
   for fighting. Let a soldier be ever so well armed without, if he
   have not within a good heart, his armour will stand him in
   little stead. Note, Spiritual strength and courage are very
   necessary for our spiritual warfare. Be strong in the Lord,
   either in his cause and for his sake or rather in his strength.
   We have no sufficient strength of our own. Our natural                       
   courage is as cowardice, and our natural strength as                  
   perfect weakness; but all our sufficiency is of God. In his
   strength we mus go forth and go on. By the actings of
   faith, we must fetch in grace and help from heaven to
   enable us to do that which of ourselves we cannot do, in
   our Christian work and welfare. We should stir up ourselves to
   resist in a reliance upon God's all-sufficiency and the omnipotence
   of his might. (Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the
   Whole Bible, Volume VI., Acts to Revelation, Old Tappan: Fleming
    H. Revell Company, n.d.), 718).

                  Ephesians 6:11a
   Put on the whole armor of God . . .


           
            


















                
Verse 11.  The apostle considers every Christian to have a
    warfare to maintain against numerous, powerful, and subtle foes;
    and that therefore they would need much strength, much courage,
    complete armor, and skill to use it. The
panoply  which is mentioned
    here refers to the armor of
heavy troops among the Greeks; those
    who were to sustain the rudest attacks, who were to sap the founda-
    tions of walls, storm cities, &c. Their ordinary armour was the
shield,
    the
helmet, the sword, and the greaves or brazen boots. To all these
    the apostlerefers below. See on ver. 13.
               
                                                    
 Ephesians 6:11b
     . . . that we may stand against the wiles of the devil.
    The wiles of the devil.] . . . The methods of the devil; the different
     means, plans, schemes, and mechanations, which he uses to deceive,
    entrap, enslave, and ruin the souls of men. A man's method of sinning
    is Satan's method of ruining his soul. See on chap. iv. 14. (Adam Clarke,
    Clarke's Commentary, A Classic Help of Better Understanding of the
    Bible, Matthew - Revelations:  Volume VI, Romans to Revelation (Nashville:
    Abington /World Publishing, 1977, 468)
    II. They must be well armed: "Put on the whole armour of God (v. 11),
    make use of all the prayer defensitives and weapons for repelling the
    temptations and stratagems of Satan-get and exercise all the Christian
    graces, the whole armour, that no part be naked and exposed to the
    enemy." Observe, Those who would approve themselves to have true
    grace must aim at all grace, the whole armour. It is called the armour of    
    God, because he both prepares and bestows it. We have no armour of
    our own that will be armour of proof in a tyring time. Nothing will stand
    us in stead but the armour of God. This armour is prepared for us, but
    we must put it on; that is we must pray for grace, we must use the grace
    given us, and draw it out in act and exercise as there is occasion. The
    reason assigned that the Christian should be completely armed is
that
    he may be able to against the wiles of the devil
-that he may be able to
    hold out,and to overcome, notwithstanding, all the devil's assaults,
    both of force and fraud, all the deceits he puts upon us, all the snares
    he lays for us. . . . (Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the
    Whole Bible, Volume VI., Acts to Revelation, Old Tappan: Fleming
    H. Revell Company, n.d.), 718
-719).
                    Ephesians 6:12
                   







                  
                                 "For
we wrestle not against flesh and blood, . . ."
              Verse 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood] Our wrestling
    or contention is not with men like ourselves: flesh and blood
is a
    Hebraism for
men, or human beings. . . .
       
 Here it signifies warfare in general.
        Against principalities] . . . beings of the first rank and order of their
    kingdom
        Powers] . . . derived from, and constituted from the above.
        
The rulers of darkness of this world] . . . The rulers of the world; the
    
emperors of the darkness of this state of things.
        
Spiritual wickedness] . . . The spiritual things of wickedness; or, the
    spiritualities of wickedness;
highly refined and sublimed evil; disguised
    falsehood
in the garb of truth; Antimonianism in the guise of religion.
        
In high places] . . . In the most sublime stations. But whom are these
    of whom the apostle speaks? . . . But commentators . . . think that by
    principalities, &c., we are under different orders of evil spirits, who are
    employed under the devil, their great head, to prevent the spread of the
    Gospel in the world, to destroy the souls of mankind.
        The
spiritual wickedness are supposed to be the angels which kept
    not their first estate, who fell from the
heavenly places but are ever
    longing after striving to regain them; and which have their stations in
    the
regions of the air. "Perhaps," . . . "the principalities and powers
    
remain mostly in the citadels of their kingdom of darkness; but there